Graham and Fraser Reach
We stopped at Butedale for lunch and explored this ghost town, that used to be a fishing, logging and mining camp. It’s operations stopped in the 1950’s, but the ruins of the buildings remain. Seeing the site with all the artifacts took us back in time.
On the way to Hartley Bay
On our way to Hartley Bay we were surprised by a group of seven bubble-netting humpback whales. Not only that, we also listened and recorded their feeding call with our hydrophone. What an out-of-this- world sound!
We also stayed at our worst camp spot to date – a beach loaded with large drift wood logs. We had to empty our kayaks completely, lift them up onto logs and get up at 12am to check up on the high tide level. Everything went smoothly, but we have had better sleeps!
Crossing Douglas channel was not a problem and we made it safely into Hartley Bay. Here we were invited by locals to stay in a wonderful house for a few days. This gave us time to attend a potluck dinner, visit the hatchery, reorganize our equipment and of course enjoy a hot shower or two.
The infamously famous Grenville Channel
When we crossed Marcus Passage, the strong current made us fly over to Smith Island in 15 min (crossing 1.5 nm). The water was of emerald green colour caused by the outflow of the Skeena River.
We have increased our daily mileage from 15 to 18 nm per day. We changed this after talking to the kayak rental shop in Glacier Bay. The woman explained “Nobody wants to kayak here past Labour Day”. Who knew! This increase in mileage will bring us up to Gustavus, the outer edge of Glacier Bay National Park by August 22nd.
But first off to leg 6 … crossing the border to Ketchikan!